World After (2013) – Susan Ee


Two stars

Read May 31 2014 – Jun 03 2014

Book of Penryn & the End of Days

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

After almost losing my copy of World After while moving house, I am finally getting around to reading it. Back to the world where angels have brought the apocalypse upon the inferior humans.

World After picks up right where Angelfall left off – Raffe thought Penryn was dead when she was only paralysed, and he returns her to her family. Paige, Penryn’s little sister, has been transformed into some stitched up abomination , and their mother is as crazy as ever.

After reading some epic fantasies the storyline of World After felt really noneventful. Penryn and Raffe reunite, Penryn kills Burnt, Paige kills Beliel and can apparently control the scorpion chimaeras.

I didn’t enjoy World After as much as Angelfall – to be honest it was quite disappointing.. The novelty of the world building had worn off, which I think was the biggest appeal of the first book. Angels had never before been portrayed as a warrior race exterminating humans. Well, not to my knowledge anyway.

The writing style was easy to read but I felt like the ending dragged on a bit. Plus quite frankly I felt kinda bored by the romance between Penryn and Raffe. Maybe it’s been too long since I’ve read the first book but all the tension has fallen out between them.

Penryn and the End of Days
Angelfall (2011)
World After (2013)
End of Days (2015)


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